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I-D ACTION:draft-satish-ospf-cspf-support-00.txt

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	Title		: OSPF extensions for flexible CSPF algorithm support
	Author(s)	: S. Jamadagni et al.
	Filename	: draft-satish-ospf-cspf-support-00.txt
	Pages		: 0
	Date		: 2002-10-18
The fundamental problem of Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF)
computation which is typical of quality of service routing, is that the
problem is NP-hard. While standard approximation methods exist, their
complexity may often be prohibitive in terms of scalability. Recently
pre-computation and caching techniques have been suggested [3] [4] to
achieve better on-demand computation costs. The motivation for pre-
computation and path caching is to reduce as much of the on-demand
computational overhead as possible.

To fully utilize Pre-computation and caching of QoS paths at a source,
mechanisms should be available to verify the validity of either the
full or a partial subset of the pre-computed paths. The mechanisms
should preferably support verification of the consistency of either
partial or the full pre-computed path cache. In an IP control plane,
CSPF is expected to work in conjunction with OSPF-TE [1] and
RSVP-TE [2] protocols. To support CSPF algorithms that might want to
use pre-computation and caching techniques rooted at a source or an
identified core in the network, we propose mechanisms to dynamically
setup OSPF 'virtual links' and describe setting up of 'virtual areas'
to enable OSPF based selective network monitoring and updation. Such an
extension will help deploy flexible CSPF algorithms that might be
distributed, partially distributed or utilize pre-computation or
caching techniques.

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